Stuart Murray reviews a new resource from Alan Kreider for those interested in the connection between the extraordinary growth of the early church whilst it was marginal, illegal and subject to persecution.
In the past, US social and political commentators overlooked revivalism as a source of radical critique of society, says Martin Marty. Now we need to notice that it is the radical evangelicalism of Jim Wallis and Sojourners which is offering a moral and values-based challenge to 'capitalist economics as usual'.
The Real Van Gogh: the Artist and his Letters exhibition at the Royal Academy features some 65 paintings, 40 drawings and letters, says Jo Siedlecka. It also offers a wealth of new insights into the life of this great artist.
Some see the decline in the impact of mainstream religion as meaning people in the US have no interest in religion. That is not so, says Martin Marty, and the case of Pat Robertson proves the point. The attention he gets is less of a paradox than some think.
Our tears well unexpectedly as we watch heart rending scenes of the few pulled from crumpled buildings, says Sande Ramage. But is this heavily mediated emotion thwarting honest reflection about our real responsibilities?
“Career Women Make Bad Mothers" declared a paid-for advertising campaigns experiment. Hannah Kowszun disagrees, and says the 'debate' it was claiming to create is way off target. Not least for hard-working women with children.
With the ongoing conflicts raging during each passing year, the remarkable story of the World War I Christmas truce remains tragically relevant, says Jim Wallis. Particularly as we think about Afghanistan.
Edwin Denby’s attempt to link the famous Nutcracker ballet with the message of Christmas – from “envy and pain” to “invention and social harmony” – offers only part of the potential religious content of this seasonal ritual, says Spencer Dew.